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When it comes to looking for the perfect place to live, many factors come into play. They can vary greatly but are generally influenced by individual needs and necessities such as proximity to work, family values, and whether you do or do not have children. Other factors that almost everyone can agree to when looking for that perfect place to call home include an agreeable climate, a wide range of community and outdoor options, and safe, welcoming neighborhoods.
Luckily, all these boxes can be ticked in one of America’s most sought after and best cities to call home – Brea, California. As your premier real estate agent specializing in homes for sale in Brea, I would like to share my top 10 reasons to live in this wonderful city.
If you have ever lived through a northeastern winter, you will quickly find out why Brea is such a coveted place to call home – its climate. There is a reason why California is the most populated state in America. Brea is classified as a “dry, sub-tropical” climate otherwise referred to as a “Mediterranean” climate. What this translates to is that Brea has relatively mild winters and very warm summers. Some of Brea’s averages include:
- An average temperature of over 50 Fahrenheit in the warmest months.
- The warmest month is August and has an average temperature of 90.5 Fahrenheit.
- An average temperature of 64-27 Fahrenheit in Brea’s coldest months.
- The coldest month is December and has an average temperature of 54.5 Fahrenheit.
Not only does Brea enjoy warm weather year-round, but the average amount of precipitation for the year in the city is also 3.1 inches – with an average of 37 total days of precipitation annually. Brea also enjoys an average of 283 days of sunshine. When you compare that to the USA average of 205, you can quickly see why the city’s climate is a huge deciding factor for anyone looking to move to Brea.
Beaches, Beaches, Beaches
Not only does Brea enjoy a year-round warm sunny climate, one of the biggest attractions that surround the city are its beaches. Whether you like to just go and relax and sunbathe, go for sunset strolls or enjoy some of the best surf and water activities in the entire country, Brea’s beaches have you covered. Some of my favorite beaches in no particular order include:
- Newport Beach – This popular beach is well known for its fine, sandy beaches, excellent surfing as well as great bodyboarding and bodysurfing. A boardwalk runs 2.9 miles along the beach and is very popular with both pedestrians and cyclists alike. Newport harbor is the largest recreational harbor in the western United States destination and is popular for boating activities including sailing, fishing, kayaking, and paddleboarding. One of Newport Beach’s most unique and must-see events is its annual Christmas Boat Parade that the New York Times has called “one of the top 10 holiday happenings in the nation”.
- Huntington Beach – Another local favorite, Huntington Beach is known for its 9.5-mile expanse of soft sand, outstanding surf – hence its nickname “Surf City” and its unique beach culture. Huntington Beach is home to many famous special events such as a stop for the AVP beach volleyball tour and is the site for the world championship of surfing. The famous pier is one of the longest on the West Coast and is easily the most photographed spot in town. The pier symbolizes the simple pleasures of Huntington’s beach culture and is a great place for a stroll, for fishing or to even take in the sights and sounds of the Pacific Ocean.
- Seal Beach – Named for the seals that once inhabited this beach, Seal Beach features a wide, sandy expanse with several great surf spots and ideal conditions for windsurfing and kitesurfing. Seal Beach is home to the second longest wooden pier in the state of California and was originally built in the early 1900s.
- Sunset Beach – This quiet beach is loved by both locals and their dogs who enjoy the 14-acre Green Belt Park that runs parallel to the beach and is home to numerous events such as the annual Sunset Art Festival. One of the widest beaches in California, Sunset Beach is frequented by surfers, kite surfers, and sailboats. Oh, and did I mention that it is a great place to catch a famous West Coast sunset.
A Real Community Feel
When you ask any new home buyer what they are looking for in the place they want to call home, often I hear that they are looking for or want to be a part of a real community. The City of Brea offers just that – a real community feel. The main hub of this tight-knit city is the Brea Community Center. It offers a wide range of programs to residents that include:
- Adult and youth sports leagues as well as a wide range of fitness and recreational activities.
- After school programs, a teen zone, tiny tot programs and a host of summer day camps.
- Brea’s community center is also home to many different special events that take place over the course of the year.
Brea is also home to an outstanding seniors center. The center provides recreational and service needs to Brea’s senior population with activities that include:
- Social services and health counseling.
- A wide variety of recreational, educational, and physical activities.
Besides Brea’s excellent community and senior centers, there are many other great ways to connect with your neighbors and feel a part of this welcoming city.
One of the biggest draws of Brea is its safe, welcoming neighborhoods. Each neighborhood is unique and offers something just a little bit different, but one thing is for sure, there really is no bad place to live in this beautiful city. This is by no means an exhaustive list of the neighborhoods of Brea but just a quick overview to give you an idea of some of the unique and different areas of the city.
Please contact me for a more comprehensive list as I would love to show you around the city and get further in depth with what one specific area offers and how it will fit all your living needs.
Eagle Hills – This neighborhood is famous for its Christmas light displays that are some of the best in all the county. The light displays show just how community oriented this neighborhood is. Other attractions in and around the neighborhood include upscale dining options, shopping centers as well as access to walking trails and sports facilities. Eagle Hills is also very close to some of Brea’s most decorated public schools.
Glenbrook – This well-established neighborhood is close to the Brea Shopping Mall as well as many other amenities. The homes in this neighborhood tend to be larger with many offering between 3-5 bedrooms and are close to many of Brea’s public schools.
Pleasant Hills – This is one of Brea’s most desirable neighborhoods and offers homebuyers large backyards, modern floor plans, and a small-town feel. There is a nice balance of retail, industrial, and residential real estate within this bustling neighborhood.
Country Hills Estate – This tight knit neighborhood mainly features single family mid-sized homes and features a wide range of amenities such as a swimming pool, and tennis courts, making it a very sought-after place to live. It is also close to three different parks offering residents an opportunity to enjoy some of Brea’s beautiful green spaces.
A Cultural Hub
Not only is Brea a welcoming community with great weather, but it is also a cultural hub. The arts are alive and well in Brea. The city is well known for its extensive public arts program (Art in Public Places) that was founded in 1975. The program is alive and well today and has created over 140 works of art that are proudly displayed throughout the city. Brea’s public art program has been used as a model and inspiration for many similar programs throughout the United States.
Brea Art Gallery – This 6 500 square foot gallery is home to a wide range of contemporary art that presents 4 different major exhibitions annually. Brea’s Art Gallery strives to offer resident workshops, demonstrations, and unique artistic opportunities to help the community and city grow. Be sure to see what is showing at Brea’s nationally recognized art gallery today.
Curtis Theatre – Located in the Civic Center, this 199-seat professional theatre is home to a wide-range of live entertainment. Highlights include music, drama, dance, and children’s theatre performed by both local, national and international artists.
The Great Outdoors
Besides the easy access to beaches, Brea and its surrounding area are home to some of the greatest green spaces and local, regional, and city parks in California. Regardless of whether you are looking for a picnic spot, a hike, or just a casual stroll, you will find it all. This is by no means a comprehensive list of the greenspaces and parks found in the city, but these are a few of my favorites.
City Hall Park – City Hall Park located in the heart of Brea is a local’s gem. It is a popular place for families and is home to a playground, restrooms, and the main draw – an Olympic sized swimming pool – the Brea Plunge. In addition to these amenities, the park also offers barbeque pits, a covered gazebo, and basketball courts. Be sure to get there early as this park fills up quickly, especially on hot summer days.
Carbon Canyon Regional Park – Above the Carbon Canyon Dam lies the regional park. Besides offering large grassy expanses that are perfect for picnics, there are sports facilities including lighted tennis courts. Carbon Canyon Regional Park also boasts a 4-acre lake with two piers ideal for fishing. There are also excellent hiking trails that lead to Orange County’s only grove of redwoods.
Ted Craig Regional Park – This gem of a park was completed in 1974 and is characterized by rolling hills, a wide variety of mature trees, and large, open spaces. Ted Craig Regional Park also has a small lake, year-round creeks, and a rose garden. The unique landscape of the park contributes to its beauty and serenity. With ample shade, walkways, hiking, and biking trails as well as a host of sports facilities, there really is something for everyone at Ted Craig Regional Park.
Shop till you Drop
The downtown district of Brea offers a wide range of excellent shopping choices ranging from designer fashion to boutique shops that are as unique as you are. The downtown business association of Brea is also a huge part of the community and hosts a wide range of events throughout the year including:
- Taste of Brea.
- Brea Bonanza Days.
Serving Orange County since 1977, Brea mall is another great place to satisfy all your shopping needs. With over 180 stores offering a wide range of products and choices, you are sure to find something for the whole family.
In addition to the bustling downtown of Brea and its famous mall, there are many other outlets and every type of specialty store and amenity you can think of in the city. Ask a local; the shopping possibilities in Brea are endless.
Regardless of the place that you decide to call home, if you have school-aged children, one of the most decisive factors of where you put down roots is the school choices and available educational opportunities. Brea offers a wide variety of school choices and the public school district in the city is one of the best in the state.
Brea’s public system offers 6 elementary schools all conveniently located in the city, one junior high, one high school, and one alternative high school. Some of Brea’s public schools have the distinguished honor of being Blue Ribbon Schools, California Distinguished Schools, and California Gold Ribbon Schools.
In addition to Brea’s public-school offerings, the city also has a wide variety of pre-schools, two Christian schools, and a Catholic school with classes for children K-8.
For post-secondary choices, there is a huge range of choices near Brea that include the University of California – Irvine branch, California State University at Fullerton, Chapman College, and Cal Poly Pomona. All of these and other great higher learning institutions are within easy freeway access to the city.
If you are looking for a small-town feel with proximity to some of California’s largest cities, then Brea is the place for you. Although the population of Brea is just over 43 000, it is only 33 miles from Los Angeles and only 5 to 7 miles from Anaheim.
Some other notable distances include:
- Newport Beach – 20 miles.
- Huntington Beach – 28 miles.
- Long Beach – 30 miles.
- San Diego – 100 miles.
The excellent freeway network that surrounds Brea allows easy travel in any direction and access to the many places, beaches, educational and recreational areas that surround the city.
A Safe Place
One of the best parts about living in Brea is that you always feel safe. There is very little crime in the family-oriented neighborhoods as most of the residents in the city are long term and tend to know each other. This not only keeps Brea’s neighborhoods safe but it also part of what makes the city such a friendly and welcoming community.
I have lived in Brea since 1965 and love every aspect of this wonderful and welcoming city. I am an integral part of this community and love to show others why this is such a special place to call home. These are only 10 reasons that I have shared with you that make Brea a standout community. There are dozens and dozens of other reasons why this city is such a sought-after place to call home.
If you have been thinking about relocating but are not sure if Brea is right for you, contact me today and let me take you to some of my favorite places and show you some of the new and exciting real estate options that are available. With so many great neighborhoods and different housing options available, I am sure that we can find your perfect dream house. Call me today and let me show you why Brea is right for you. I look forward to hearing from you soon.